What To Expect After Breast Implant Removal
For millions of women around the world, breast implants offer the life-changing opportunity to restore a more feminine, youthful figure and feel confident in their own skin once again. The overwhelming majority of patients are thrilled with their breast augmentation results and enjoy their breast implants for many years to come. In some cases, however, patients may end up facing breast implant removal, either out of desire or necessity.
The expert team at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, led by award-winning board-certified plastic surgeons Drs. James Romanelli and John Layliev, understand the personal and often emotional nature of this procedure and are dedicated to providing the highest level of care, attention, and skill for women undergoing breast implant removal in Huntington, NY. Find out more about breast implant removal surgery here, including why it may become necessary and how your breasts may look after the procedure.
Should I get my breast implants removed?
Choosing to have your breast implants removed should be a personal decision that is, ultimately, up to you and your surgeon. In some cases, women may be experiencing complications that make explant surgery necessary, while other patients may simply prefer to go back to a more natural look. Some of the most common reasons for breast implant removal in Long Island, NY include:
- Implant malfunction
- Ruptured implant
- Capsular contracture
- Unhappy with implant size or shape
- Change in personal taste
- Change in lifestyle
- Discomfort associated with implants
- Breast implant illness
It is also important for patients undergoing their first breast augmentation to keep in mind that breast implants are not designed to last indefinitely. There is a high likelihood that you may need your breast implants replaced at some point in the future, though it may be many, many years before this becomes necessary.
How is breast implant removal surgery performed?
Most often, breast implant removal is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia and takes about 2 – 3 hours to complete. In some cases, the original incision can be used to remove and/or replace breast implants, though not always. Once Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev have made their incision, the implant and scar tissue will be carefully removed. Many women are left with fairly stretched out skin on their breasts after breast implant removal. For these patients, breast lift can be performed to remove the excess skin, reposition the nipple, reshape the tissue, and lift the breast to a perkier, more youthful position on the chest.
What will my breasts look like after I have my implants taken out?
It is certainly understandable to have concerns about how your breasts will look after implant removal surgery, particularly if you have had implants for a long period of time. Drs. Romanelli and Layliev are exceptionally skilled at the complex techniques involved in resculpting a gorgeous, natural, feminine contour after implant removal. Breast lift is a fantastic solution for addressing loose, excess skin and drooping breasts, while fat grafting can also be used to enhance the final shape, size, and other characteristics of your breasts.
While every effort is made to minimize visible scarring, patients should understand that some level of scarring is likely to be necessary for breast implant removal, particularly if a breast lift is performed as well. Most women agree that having a scar is a small sacrifice when it comes to getting the results they want from breast implant removal.
How long is breast implant removal recovery?
For most women, breast implant removal recovery time is shorter and less extensive than the recovery associated with their original breast augmentation. Patients should still expect some level of discomfort, bruising, and swelling after breast implant removal, but these symptoms typically improve dramatically in the first 7 – 10 days and can be relieved with medications and other recommendations from Drs. Romanelli and Layliev. Patients are encouraged to do light walking and remain mobile throughout their recovery, though strenuous physical activity, heavy lifting, and exercise will still be off-limits for several weeks or months. Following breast implant removal, women will see an immediate difference in their look, with the final results developing over the next few months as the residual swelling resolves and the tissues settle completely.
Restore your natural look and feel more comfortable than ever with breast implant removal in Long Island, NY
Whether you are suffering from painful or frustrating symptoms related to your breast implants, or you simply have had a change in your personal preferences, the caring team at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery is here to help. Call us today to schedule your private consultation with either of our internationally recognized board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. James Romanelli or Dr. John Layliev, and take the first step toward getting the natural look and total comfort you deserve with breast implant removal in Huntington, NY.